- The Trib (Dave Matter): Behind the Numbers: Illini (sort of ...)
- Hail to the Orange: Illini Mizzou preview: Can we please end this rivalry now?
Champaign News-Gazette: With Terry Hawthorne out, Jack Ramsey on the move
Champaign News-Gazette: Gabbert full of confidence
Champaign News-Gazette: Monday's news & notes
Ron Zook on new defensive backs Justin Green, Jack Ramsey and Steve Hull
"They've all done a great job. Obviously, we've got to do a good job of keeping it simple so we're going to maybe not do some things we were going to do. We're just going to let them play and have fun. They'll all three play."...
Cornerback Jack Ramsey on the difficulty of moving to defense
"I'm trying to learn as quick as I can. They're trying to make it as simple as possible. I'm coming along fine, it's just a learning process. I'm having fun. It's not easy because I haven't tackled anybody in three years. In the boundary (corner), you've got to be physical. You've got to come up and play the run. That's the biggest step."
Other Mizzou Football Links
The Trib: Pinkel's faith in system is steadfast
For the MU players available to play Saturday, most insisted yesterday that the off-field trouble hasn’t shifted the team’s focus away from the Illinois game. De’Vion Moore, one of the tailbacks asked to pick up slack in the running game in Washington’s absence, said the last few days around the team facility have been "a little different and a lot more focused."
"When you get issues like this and adversity occurs, you’ve got to lock in and just be that much more focused to get the job done," he said.
"Things go downhill sometimes, but everyone’s still focused," outside linebacker Andrew Gachkar said. "It might seem bad on the outside, but on the inside everyone’s just focused on Illinois. We’re not really paying attention to what’s going on in the news and all that."
- KBIA Sports Extra: What to look for in Derrick Washington's replacement (If you haven't noticed yet, you should pay attention to both what KBIA is writing ... and who's writing it)
- KC Star: Heat is on MU's replacement running backs
- Post-Dispatch: Gabbert is ready for more at Mizzou
- Fox Sports MW: Mizzou WR Jackson heals in time to face Illini
- PowerMizzou: Tuesday's Top Tigers
- PowerMizzou: Tiger recruiting mailbag
Big 12 Football Links
Denver Post: Dan Hawkins likes CU defense more than last year
KC Star (Campus Corner): KU's Torbush: 'Everybody that we take to the motel' will play on defense (Ohhhhhhhh...kay)
Topeka Capital-Journal: Cats to debut new tackles
SoonerSports.com: Bob Barry's Last Season Calling OU Games (My first reaction: "God, he's been broadcasting for what seems like 50 years!" My second reaction: "Oh. He really HAS been broadcasting for 50 years.")
Tulsa World: OU offensive line hope to quiet the skeptics
Cowboys Ride For Free: A letter to my Oklahoma State doubt (very enjoyable read ... I know the feeling)
College Football Talk: Personnel uncertainty swirling around Oklahoma State
Tulsa World: Richetti Jones is healthier this season
Dallas Morning News: Why Case McCoy won Longhorns backup QB job -- and should he play early?
Sporting News: Kim English, Missouri trying to earn respect
The most prominent name is point guard Phil Pressey, a tenacious defender who'll be a perfect fit because of his ability to defend the basketball. The biggest impact might come from junior college big man Ricardo Ratliff, who could help establish a powerful inside presence. The Tigers also are waiting to hear on the status of elite wing Tony Mitchell, who has not yet enrolled.
English said he was pleased the Tigers were able to recruit so well.
"A lot of high school All-Americans aren't going to want to come to where they'll only play 23 minutes as a freshman," English said. "There are guys in our league playing 37-38 minutes a game, but the way we play – basketball guys, NBA scouts, they see our efficiency numbers. Coach always says, 'The go-to man is the open man.'
"I don't regret it. I love it. I love playing with a team that's so unselfish. Some nights – I'm the leading scorer and I may only get seven points. That's our weapon. You can't key in on one guy. My freshman year, there were games where you did not know who would explode, and that's such a luxury in the tournament."
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Former Tiger Justin James Earns Call-Up to MLB
MUTigerVolleyball: Mizzou Starts 2010 Campaign Strong
Even though it will make you a little sick to your stomach to relive the events of late-May and early-June, the Omaha World-Herald put together an outstanding look back at how Nebraska ended up in the Big Ten.
And when you're done with that one, feel free to head over to Football Outsiders again to read FO Basics: Seven Years of FO Research.